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16) Does your organisation have a documented diversity and inclusion policy?

August 20, 2021 Procurement Risk Diversity and Inclusion

Answer yes if your organisation has a documented diversity and inclusion policy that outlines the organisation's commitment to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for staff, contractors and visitors that is free from discrimination.

Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management - it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. However, to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce it’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential. While UK legislation – covering age, disability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation among others – sets minimum standards, an effective diversity and inclusion strategy goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee well-being and engagement.

The purpose of a diversity and inclusion policy is to establish clear guidance regarding equality and the overall commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Your policy will explain your attitudes and values towards equality and diversity in the workplace. It will outline what your primary aims are for removing prejudice and inequality, and how you will improve your workplace in terms of fair treatment, i.e. by:

  • Creating a positive and supportive working environment for all staff and customers;
  • Protecting employees from being discriminated against because of one or more of the protected characteristics that apply to them;
  • Providing equal opportunity for everyone in the workforce, no matter their background or characteristics;
  • Promoting the diversity of the workforce;
  • Responding to changing demographics and working patterns, e.g. employers being flexible with work so to retain valuable employees who have specific needs and meet customer demands.
How to implement the control:

There is plenty of advice on the internet for creating a Diversity and Inclusion policy. If you have complex requirements you can also ask for advice from counsel or an HR consultant who will be able to help.

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